Indigenous to d’Verse

When does immigrant, migrant, refugee, nomad, citizen become indigenous? One year, Ten years, a hundred, a thousand, a hundred thousand?  And who stays in one place forever?  In truth we are all indigenous to Africa, our birthplace, starting point, origin.  All of us relations,  entangled in complex genetic webs  that, genome or not, we may never be able to trace them all.


Last night five of us, all white daughters of the predominant culture, met in circle to perform a simple ritual.  We called to the four directions,  We smudged with sage gathered in the plains outside our little town.  And while it’s true we learned this lore from books, our ancestors also smudged and called.  All us humans began to worship in the same way – honoring the Earth and all her creatures, remaining in good relationship with all the manifestations life offers. in a long. long line of human beings indigenous to this planet.

like migrating geese

we wander in great circles

ever returning


following seasons

we fly north, east south and west

every place a home

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4 Responses to Indigenous to d’Verse

  1. Pratibha says:

    I love this a lot. the image and the verse works so beautifully.

  2. Lynnette Eldredge says:

    Love the title.

  3. Such wonderful thoughts to ponder. If only we would all worship and give thanks to the things we see and touch for their gifts, nurturing and feeding us, instead of blindly following someone proselytizing. Beautifully said Christine 🙂💕

  4. msjadeli says:

    Joseph Campbell (and Carl Jung) among others would agree with you. The collective unconscious carries universal archetypes and symbols that traverse times and places. It’s a big river we all visit in our dreams.

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